Douglas controlled the fight until Mike knocked him down late in the eighth round, but Douglas came back strong, knocking out Mike in the tenth round. Undaunted, Mike was determined to regain his crown. Within one year of his defeat, Mike fought twice more, winning both bouts by knockouts. Before Mike could get a rematch, Douglas lost the title in a bout with Evander Holyfield in October, 1990. In the months that followed, many people in the boxing world predicted that Mike would soon regain the heavyweight crown.
Clay was a cock young boxer, who ran his mouth continuously before he fight to the point of being fined 2500 dollars (boxrec.com). The public underdog that majority had expected to lose, and lose quickly at that, to heavy hitter Liston. Liston had age with which experience comes with going for him, while Clay had youth and the speed that comes with it. Rumors spread like a wildfire through the convention hall that Clay would show up after the weigh-ins before the fight but Clay showed up early to watch his “brother make his professional debut” despite the public opinion (newyorktimes.com). Once the in the ring the battle for the title begins, with Ali and Liston giving their all.
From 1960 to 1963, the young fighter amassed a record of 19-0 with 15 knockouts. He defeated such boxers as Tony Esperti, Jim Robinson, Donnie Fleeman, Duke Sabedong, Alonzo Johnson, George Logan, Willi Besmanoff, and Lamar Clark (who had won his previous 40 bouts by knockout). Among Clay's more impressive victories were against Sonny Banks (who knocked him down earlier in the bout), Alejandro Lavorante, and Archie Moore (a boxing legend who had won over 200 previous fights). Cassius became the number one contender for Sonny Liston's title. Liston was greatly feared, and some have said that he was the Mike Tyson of his era.
This wasn’t enough though because he had to ask others that he knew for money to take the kids to boxing tournaments in neighboring states. The only form of transportation was an old rickety van, which doors were held with metal wire. By the time Roy was 19 he had a amatuer record of 106-4 and became the yungest member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic boxing team. In public the team teased Roy but when in the private they asked him for advice. They saw how he dominated his opponents with cobonations from many different angles.
Officer Martin decided to push the frustrated youngster towards boxing. Six weeks later Cassius would win a three-minute, three-round split decision in his very first match (Hauser 7). Clay became more committed to boxing, fighting 108 amateur bouts, winning six Kentucky Golden Gloves Championships, two National Golden Gloves tournaments, and two National AAU titles (Ebony). Then the 1960 Rome Olympics came; a hesitant Cassius was afraid to travel over there in an airplane, but he eventually gave in and went, returning to America as a gold medal winner. Clay then came out with his very first published poem.
Elizabeth Kelly March 10, 2014 Research Paper Being a famous boxer, you might think it would be easy, but the boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, had a hard time making his way to the professional league. He nearly drowned as a kid, was abused sexually, and was not the tallest kid in school. Even as an adult Ray faced depression, drug addiction, and being an occasional heavy drinker. But even all that did not stop him from pursuing his dream, one he never had a plan for, after two of his brothers talked him into the rough sport. On May 17, 1956, the well-known boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard, was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
He was teaching boys how to fight in the gym underneath the auditorium where Clay’s bike was stolen. Clay was intrigued with the technique of boxing, watching fists fly, and the students defending skills. Clay had then joined the gym, and started learning how to box. Six weeks after he learnt his boxing skills, he won his first fight. Muhammad went to Louisville High School, though he wasn’t a bright student.
When 12 year old Cassius Clay had the misfortune to have his bike stolen in Louisville, Kentucky, he took up the ‘sweet science’ of boxing so he could beat down – or as would say - ‘whoop’ whoever stole it. Soon Clay would become an outstanding amateur fighter and picked up a gold at the Olympic Games in Rome, 1960. RACISM Clay returned to his home town of Louisville wearing his gold medal proudly around his neck, but the pride faded when he was refused service in a ‘whites only’ restaurant. It seemed that not everyone shared his joy. The racist incident caused him t...
Muhammad Ali had gotten a little too carried away with his lavish lifestyle, and his wealth dwindled. Ali returned to boxing in 1980 to fight Larry Holmes for the World Boxing council title. Ali lost the fight to Larry, but still went home with a guaranteed 8 million dollar purse ("Muhammad Ali." Encyclopedia of World Biography). Ali fought for the last time in the ring in 1981 against Trevor Burdick, but he lost again and ended his boxing career for good.
He refused to serve in Vietnam--a professional fighter willing to serve time in jail for his pacifist ideals. He has contributed to countless, diverse charities and causes. And his later years have found him interested in world politics as he has battled to keep Parkinson's disease at bay. Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., on January 17, 1942, and was raised in a clapboard house at 3302 Grand Avenue in middle-class Louisville, Kentucky. He began boxing at the age of 12.